Talking about age

And since that birthday, so long ago, the rest followed… one after the other, like if it were a parade in fast-forward

El balcón Neira, Caldas, Colombia
The balcony          Neira, Caldas, Colombia

“And, do you realize how special this birthday of yours is?”

“Not really, sir. It feels very much like all the rest, except for a small difference, if you consider that I’m a bit older.”

Bicicletas Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia
Bicycles          Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia

“No, my son. This is the last year in which you can describe your age with only one digit. After your next birthday, and until you’re ninety-nine (let’s hope you make it, and well, also) you’ll need two numbers to say how old you are. More than that, you’ll have become a man. A young man, certainly, but a man, none the less. From then on, you start a new life, and you say goodbye to childhood. That same childhood that flies by so quickly.”

Magnifico listened to his father’s words, attentively. Meanwhile, his Dad was delicately carved a cheese with his favourite knife, the one he always kept safely in his pouch.

La bicicleta Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia
The bicycle         Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia

“You see, I was a bit old, when I got married… already well into my sixteenth birthday at the time, yes sir. Seems to me, and to tell the truth of it; you’ll probably live in your own house, with your own woman at your side, by the time you’re fourteen or maybe fifteen at the most. Also, I guess we both know how that woman will be, don’t we, son? Later, almost right away, before you even realize it, you’ll have your own kids. The way I figure it, that’s life, always moving on!”

As Camila came to mind, and he pictured her face in his imagination, the young boy flushed. But also, at the same time he felt a rush of warmth invade his very soul.

Vista de la ciudad Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
City view         Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


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At lunch

In his imagination, he recreated the flavours of his childhood

Siesta time          Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia

     When they arrived at the clearing, they installed themselves comfortably in the shade of a pine tree. Quiet and clearly pensive, his Father unpacked the lunch.

La Dama Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
The lady          Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

     His Mom had included some pork tamales, an assortment of goat and cow cheeses and lulo juice to refresh them. They ate while watching the landscape and the volcanoes in the background. Peacefully, they began to converse. Gradually the conversation steered towards his birthday on the following day.

Los colores de la calle Guatapé, Antioquia, Coloimbia
The street’s colours           Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia

“It’s hard to believe that you will be nine years old, my son. I find it very difficult to understand, how time happened to go by so quickly.”

“To me, Dad, it seems to have taken long enough. Ever since Mom began to talk about my birthday party, at home, it seems like more years have gone by, than the nine years I am about to celebrate.”

El Caballo Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
The horse           Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


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Father and son get-together

And so he learned how, among the best moments of his life, were those that had been so intimately and happily shared

Regreso de la escuela Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia
Back from school           Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia

    “Well, my son, I was thinking. It seems like everything is alright at the farm. I don´t see any problem if I take Saturday off, so we can spend the day together. I wanted to propose they we both go together and take the goats out to graze in the meadow.

Las cúpulas Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia
The domes           Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia

   What do you think? If you like, your Mom says she can prepare something for us to eat out there. I asked her to join us, but she says she has stuff to do, and you know how she is when she has chores pending. Anyway, we could both go and spend the day together.”

Escalones en la acera Playas de Belén. Norte Santander, Colombia
Stairs on the sidewalk           Playas de Belén. Norte Santander, Colombia

     So, Magnifico fell happily asleep on that night. It was quite rare that they could go out together during the day. There were always all these chores and things to do around the farm, and not enough time to do them. Early next morning, after milking the cows and looking after the sheep they headed out to Magnifico’s favourite spot. It was a clearing in the woods. From there, on clear days, the volcanoes could be seen. And on that precise Saturday, they could perfectly be seen in the distance.

En el camino Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia
The road           Playas de Belén, Norte de Santander, Colombia


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